Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

COVID-19 Information

July 27, 2020

Click here to read Whitehead Institute's communications and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak


FEATURED


APRIL 7, 2020

BEYOND THE LAB BENCH: A LOOK AT THE TRADITIONS THAT MAKE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE UNIQUE

Going the distance: running at Whitehead Institute


APRIL 1, 2020

INTRODUCING BIONOOK

Whitehead Institute's new resource for students, parents, and teachers.


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JUNE 8, 2020

VIDEO: SPRING 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

How viral RNA flexes to express different genes, a new model for studying human cancers in mice, and more: learn about the latest findings from Whitehead Institute researchers in this Research Highlights video.


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February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

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AUDIOHELICASE PODCAST: OLIVIA CORRADIN ON A NEW WAY TO PROBE DISEASE GENETICS

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin talks about investigating the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis, running a lab during the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluating scientific information in a time of uncertainty.


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Biogenesis Podcast: José Orozco of the Sabatini lab on finding his own way to help patients

Hear how José Orozco, an MD-PhD student in the Sabatini lab, seeks to make a difference in patients' lives by tackling big mysteries about how our cells work, and how their dysfunction leads to disease. 

In the News

July 29, 2020

This molecule helps sweet-toothed protein complex sense sugar

A new study identifies a key step involved in the breakdown of glucose that allows the mTORC1 complex to sense sugar in its environment, leading to a metabolic response in the cell

July 21, 2020

Leading in times of change & challenge

A Q&A with Whitehead Institute’s new director & board chair


July 22, 2020

Proteins — and labs — coming together to prevent Rett syndrome

New discoveries about the disruption of condensates in the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome provide insights into how cells compartmentalize chromosomes as well as new potential paths for therapies.

July 5, 2020

Parasite research heats up

Whitehead Institute researchers have used thermal profiling to match a potential antiparasitic drug to its target in Toxoplasma gondii, providing insight into the parasite’s calcium signaling pathways that could help in the development of therapeutics to treat infection.

July 1, 2020

Whitehead Institute Welcomes Ruth Lehmann as its Fifth Director

Whitehead Institute is delighted to welcome world-renowned developmental and cell biologist Ruth Lehmann to Whitehead Institute as its new director.  Here is a version of the letter she shared with the Institute earlier today. To read more about her research and leadership prior to coming to Whitehead Institute, please visit her page here. 

Announcements

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July 13, 2020

New Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann featured in the Boston Globe

Lehmann talks to Globe reporter Jonathan Saltzman about immigration policy, America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of biomedical research in these uncertain times. (Photo: Lane Turner, Boston Globe Staff)


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July 13, 2020

ANKUR JAIN AND PULIN LI APPOINTED TO PRESTIGIOUS CHAIRS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provost Martin A. Schmidt has announced that two Whitehead Institute Members -- Ankur Jain and Pulin Li -- have been appointed to MIT career development professorships. 


June 30, 2020

A LETTER OF THANKS FROM DAVID PAGE TO THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE COMMUNITY


June 26, 2020

TWO WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE MEMBERS NAMED TO ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS

Mary Gehring and Iain Cheeseman are recipients of named chairs. 


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june 9, 2020

FROM DAVID PAGE: A LETTER TO THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE COMMUNITY

Whitehead Institute adds our voice to all of those who are denouncing the hatred and racism that underlie recent tragic events, and we call upon our community to challenge prevailing attitudes and institutional biases.  


June 4, 2020

STEM CELL RESEARCHER YUKIKO YAMASHITA JOINS WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

The internationally renowned developmental biologist will be the inaugural incumbent of the Susan Lindquist Chair for Women in Science at Whitehead Institute.


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June 3, 2020

GRADUATE STUDENT KRISTINA LOPEZ RECEIVES FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

The award aims to encourage diversity in college and university faculties by supporting graduate students. 


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